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Imbroglio in a Sentence

Examples of imbroglio in a sentence

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Below you will find the definition of imbroglio, followed by 43 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.


(noun) - a very embarrassing misunderstanding

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EXAMPLES - Imbroglio in a Sentence

  1. But his original sin is the Tawana Brawley imbroglio. (source)
  2. Remember the whole Conan O'Brien/Jay Leno imbroglio from last month? (source)
  3. "imbroglio," as they call it, with the Administration about the Lecompton (source)
  4. In the resulting imbroglio, Mr. Novak divulged his sources before a grand jury. (source)
  5. An 'imbroglio' can no more be 'fermented' than a 'denouement' can be described as (source)
  6. One of that trio or someone or something entirely unrelated to the USDA imbroglio? (source)
  7. That's an odd choice of the word -- "imbroglio" -- which means a confusing situation. (source)
  8. In the mid-18th century, English speakers embraced the Italian noun "imbroglio" as well. (source)
  9. There's a risk that the whole Rio Tinto imbroglio affects inbound and outbound investment. (source)
  10. It was shortly after the Citigroup imbroglio that the rumors about Erin Burnett first surfaced. (source)
  11. Hopefully the recent imbroglio will be more than just a slap in the face to Vice President Joe Biden. (source)
  12. Amos was perfectly well aware that the present Middle Eastern imbroglio was the achievement of all sides. (source)
  13. The Ogilvy imbroglio caused some marketers to focus more attention on how Madison Avenue handles its billing. (source)
  14. The impact of the margin-lending imbroglio likely will be widespread, as nation's market participation is huge. (source)
  15. Nathan then put on the stage the "Alcade dans l'Embarras" -- a comedie called an "imbroglio" and presented at the (source)
  16. Mr. Hayward's sudden discovery that something isn't quite right in Russia was brought about by the TNK-BP imbroglio. (source)
  17. Talk of a new cold war and of punishing Russia for the Georgian imbroglio is short-sighted, argues Peter Sain ley Berry .... (source)
  18. HARTFORD -- A 50-cent word that aptly describes the ongoing state budget talks is "imbroglio," an involved and confusing situation. (source)
  19. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales takes to Capitol Hill to testify today, it's worth keeping in mind what this whole imbroglio is really about. (source)
  20. One focus of debate in Israel was the question of how an insulted and incensed Obama administration preferred to see the imbroglio turn out. (source)
  21. If charges are brought, Citigroup would become the third big financial firm to face civil-fraud charges by regulators since the auction-rate imbroglio. (source)
  22. "She was fired for wearing Comme des Garcons," he says, reducing the Salahi imbroglio to Rogers's gotta-be-me sartorial statement during the first state dinner. (source)
  23. The imbroglio stems from transactions that Mr. Anschutz entered into involving shares he owned in Union Pacific Corp. and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. in 2000 and 2001. (source)
  24. The Williams imbroglio is teachable, but its lessons actually point in the opposite direction: America's public media system, including NPR, requires more funding, not less. (source)
  25. Time to dip into the mailbag and some questions about the recent round of collective bargaining between the NFL and its union and the Albert Haynesworth-Washington Redskins imbroglio: (source)
  26. Naomi Watts is a would-be gallery owner married to a struggling writer (Josh Brolin), who gets involved in a bizarre imbroglio; Gemma Jones and Anthony Hopkins play Watts's troubled parents. (source)
  27. NEW YORK -- It's hardly textbook policymaking, but the euro zone's woeful handling of its Greek imbroglio is delivering a welcome unintended positive consequence: greater export competitiveness. (source)
  28. Joe Barton (apologized to BP) and John Boehner (the "ant" imbroglio) as well as Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele (Afghanistan as a war of President Barack Obama's "choosing"). (source)
  29. These remarks are necessary to explain the incidents of the little imbroglio which is the subject of this study, and the picture, softened as it is, of the tone then dominant in Paris drawing-rooms. (source)
  30. "These are corporate settlements," said Mr. Cuomo on a conference call with reporters Thursday, noting that it doesn't preclude charges or investigations into actions by individuals in the imbroglio. (source)
  31. "This free speech imbroglio is another example of Park Service leadership with its head in the sand, waiting to get sued rather than affirmatively addressing issues before they end up in court," Ruch said. (source)
  32. Natalia Rudiak, a third candidate, has called the imbroglio "soap opera politics" and is positioning herself as a reformer, touting her endorsements by environmental and labor groups and community organizations. (source)
  33. More Buffett Trims Moody's Stake, Could Sell More The imbroglio began in May when S&P warned it might downgrade billions of dollars of triple-A rated CMBS bonds because of proposed changes in its ratings methodology. (source)
  34. GE agrees to discuss agreement on Dabhol Four years after the revival of the Dabhol power project in Maharashtra, the government seems to have made a major headway in solving the turbine imbroglio surrounding the ill-fated project. (source)
  35. The Thai imbroglio is often described as a battle between "the traditional urban elite," represented by the urban middle class, the military and the bureaucracy, and the "rural poor" whose interests Mr. Thaksin purportedly represents. (source)
  36. David Paterson, a Democrat, says that if the 2009 legislative session ends Monday without resolution, he will call a special session to Albany this week and press for mediators, perhaps a chief judge, to negotiate an end to the imbroglio. (source)
  37. The recent management imbroglio at technology-services giant Fujitsu, which has devolved into a classic "he said, she said" battle, may have been triggered by a clash between such a counselor and a sitting president trying to shake things up. (source)
  38. Palin, of course, has made a career out of playing the victim, and she went into the act once again with Leno, whining about how her recent Family Guy imbroglio didn't provide "an opportunity" for her "to follow up and kind of elaborate" on the issue. (source)
  39. The imbroglio comes as Dublin-based WPP and other advertising-holding companies such as Publicis Groupe are scrambling to grab dollars moving out of traditional advertising and into digital channels by gobbling up young companies that are developing new specialties. (source)
  40. "There's a risk that the whole Rio Tinto imbroglio affects inbound and outbound investment, particularly large-scale deals in energy, natural resources and other sensitive sectors," said Christopher Stephens, managing partner for Asia at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. (source)
  41. If the Henry Louis Gates imbroglio makes anything clear it is that, in 2009, the mere implication of racial profiling in the arrest of a black professor on the nothing charge of disorderly conduct is sufficient to trigger a national (if not international) furor involving even the president of the United States. (source)
  42. But unfortunately a handful of monks from certain monasteries committing "the downfall of negligence (breach of an ordained monk for neglecting the correction of their faults)" created more imbroglio and crisis in our community by sticking misleading information and distributing pamphlets without any sense of loss over their time, energy and money. (source)
  43. "The USDA imbroglio is a particularly good example of how the day-to-day political vicissitudes of today's super-charged, poll driven, conflict dependent, 24/7/365, Beltway process coverage invariably steps on a White House's good news and good work," said Democratic consultant Chris LeHane, adding that "to break through you have to have a disciplined, over arching, transcendent political brand and vision that cuts through the morass." (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 43 example sentences provided below is 43.0, which suggests that "imbroglio" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.


We have 24 synonyms for imbroglio.

altercation, argument, bickering, brawl, broil, brouhaha, complexity, complication, dispute, embarrassment, embroilment, entanglement, falling-out, flack, involvement, knock-down-drag-out, miff, quandary, quarrel, row, run-in, soap opera, spat, squabble


We have 6 antonyms for imbroglio.

agreement, ease, harmony, peace, peacemaking, simplicity


Pronunciation: (ĭm-brōlˈyō)

Syllabification: im-brogl-io


View up to 25 definitions of imbroglio from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (noun) A difficult or intricate situation; an entanglement.
  2. (noun) A confused or complicated disagreement.
  3. (noun) A confused heap; a tangle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (noun) a complicated situation; an entanglement

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  1. (noun) An intricate, complicated plot, as of a drama or work of fiction.
  2. (noun) A complicated and embarrassing state of things; a serious misunderstanding or disagreement, especially one that is bitter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  1. (noun) An intricate and perplexing state of affairs; a misunderstanding of a complicated nature, as between persons or nations; an entanglement.
  2. (noun) An intricate or complicated plot, as against a person, or of a romance or drama.
  3. (noun) In music, a passage in which the rhythms of different voice-parts are conflicting or contradictory.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (noun) a very embarrassing misunderstanding
  2. (noun) an intricate and confusing interpersonal or political situation